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Leadership Training Series: Cultivating Resident Leadership in a Changing Mission

By Erin Reeves
Tenant Empowerment Organizer

Last month, Mission Housing kicked off our 2019 Leadership Training Series at Valencia Gardens.  This monthly leadership series covers a range of resident-identified leadership and community issues, including topics like financial management, nonviolent communication, tenants’ rights, and parenting skills.

For our first topic of the year, residents discussed changes they’ve seen right here in the neighborhood and the root causes and impacts of gentrification. In talking about residents’ own experiences with gentrification and the hopelessness it creates, the conversation quickly turned to action. What can be done to stop the destabilization of our neighborhoods? How do we instead promote healthy neighborhood change that is led by and benefits existing, lower-income communities? 

One answer is participating in community-led efforts like the historic hearing happening in the Mission this Thursday, February 7. For the first time ever, the San Francisco Planning Commission will host a hearing in the Mission District, specifically to hear community input about the project known widely as the “Monster in the Mission.”  

This market-rate housing development is planned for 1979 Mission, right next to the 16th and Mission BART Plaza. With estimated future rents of $2,500 to $5,000, its construction will exacerbate the already rapid gentrification of Mission Street and encourage further displacement of low-income residents and residents of color.

Mission Housing is a proud member of the Plaza 16 Coalition, a coalition of over 100 community organizations and businesses that have been working to advocate for 100-percent affordable housing at the site and build the power of local residents to engage in the planning process. 

Thursday’s hearing is an opportunity to speak up for the affordable housing we need and help transform the way we plan neighborhoods — to actually include the most impacted community members in decision-making.

 For more information on the hearing, visit the event page — Plaza 16 needs every voice, including yours.

And make sure to join us for the rest of our 2019 Leadership Training series. Translation in Spanish and Cantonese is available. Snacks are also provided.

Below is the rest of the first-trimester schedule. 

February 19, 2019, 6-7pm

Valencia Gardens Community Room

How to Be Heard: Communication Tools for Hard Conversations 

Learn communication tools that can help you reduce conflict, connect with others, and be heard better.

 

March 2019, 6-7pm (date TBA)

Valencia Gardens Community Room

Supporting Children’s Development: Workshop for Parents

What are the different ways children grow and change, and how can parents support children through those changes?

 

April 2019, 6-7pm (date TBA)

Valencia Gardens Community Room

Tenants’ Rights Training

Learn your rights as an affordable housing tenant and what resources exist for tenants in need of support.

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